Forrestal Village Farmers Market Cooking Series

Vendors from the Forrestal Village Farmers Market are offering a new series of cooking classes in conjunction with the Plainsboro Recreational & Cultural Center to Plainsboro residents of all ages interested in learning to cook with local foods. 

In these classes, geared toward various age groups and interests, you will learn to cook with the farmers market’s bounty: prepare quick dinners with HerbNZest, make homemade mozzarella with Fulper Fams, grill meats and veggies with Tre Piani, make pies from scratch with Lillipies, and much more!

Classes are held at the Plainsboro Recreation and Cultural Center’s learning kitchen. They feature produce from Stults Farm, Rolling Hills farm and Robson’s Farm; grass-fed meats and eggs from Beechtree Farm; and bread and cured meats from Double Brook Farm. Stay tuned for more details.

To learn more about the classes and other events, and to receive easy and innovative recipes tailored especially to the farmers market’s weekly offerings, sign up for its newsletter at http://eepurl.com/RLHHr.

The classes take place at the Plainsboro Recreation & Cultural Center on Plainsboro Road. And, the farmers market takes place every Friday through Sept. 26, excluding July 4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Princeton Forrestal Village.

Thu, July 17, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Pocket Pies: Sweet & Savory (for ages 8 and up, with a caregiver)

Jen Carson, Lillipies

Join local baker and culinary school instructor Jen Carson and learn to make seasonal pies from scratch! You will make homemade pie crust and fill “pocket pies” (single-serving pies) with an assortment of seasonal fillings. Menu depends on the week’s market offerings.

$15/person. Class is limited to 14 people.

Thu, July 24, 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Fun and Easy Recipes Using Local Ingredients – Parent and Child (5-16 years old) Class

Deboleena (Deb) Dutta, HerbNZest

HerbNZest’s mission is to make healthy cooking easy, fast, and accessible to all. Deb Dutta, a mother of two and HerbNZest’s founder-owner will teach busy parents and their even busier children to cook everyday healthy meals that are fast, easy and fun. Menu depends on the week’s market offerings.

$15/person

Thu, July 31, 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Keep Calm and Curry On: Herbs and Spices Every Day (age 16 and up)

Deboleena (Deb) Dutta, HerbNZest

Learn to add pizazz to your food without the calories, fats and chemicals. Deb Dutta shares her secrets to using herb and spice that transform everyday dishes into a celebration of flavors. Menu depends on the week’s market offerings.

$15/person

Thu, August 7, 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Clean Your Cooking (age 16 and up)

Deboleena (Deb) Dutta, HerbNZest

Learn to make your favorite foods healthier by substituting out the bad stuff (bad fats, sodium, sugar, etc.) for all the good stuff (good fats, fruits and veggies, and the like). Menu depends on the week’s market offerings.

$15/ person

Thu, August 21, 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Farmers Market Grilling 101

Jim Weaver, Tre Piani

Celebrated local chef Jim Weaver shares his secrets to perfect summer grilling using meat and fresh local vegetables from the Forrestal Village Farmers Market. Menu depends on the week’s market offerings.

$30/person

Thu, July 12; Wed, July 16; Wed, August 27,  11:00am – 12:00pm

Farmers Market Cooking for Preschoolers (children ages 3-5, and their caregivers)

Nirit Yadin, Princeton Forrestal Village Farmers Market manager

It’s never too early to learn to cook. Nirit Yadin introduces your preschooler to the colors, shapes and flavors of fresh fruits and vegetables, and teaches them to love their veggies. Menu depends on the week’s market offerings.

$10/child (only pay for your child, but caregivers must be present)

Thu, June 16;  Wed, July 23;  Wed, August 6, 11:00am – 12:00pm

Farmers Market Cooking for Seniors

Nirit Yadin, Princeton Forrestal Village Farmers Market manager

Farmers markets cooking is is fun and easy, not to mention healthy. Nirit Yadin, a seasoned cooking instructor, teaches you how to choose and prepare delicious meals using the best of the Garden State! Menu depends on the week’s market offerings.

$15/person

July Schedule from West Windsor Community Farmers Market

The WWCFM continues to be a popular gathering space each Saturday, rain or shine from 9:00am-1:00pm, for the local community as well as neighboring towns to connect with farmers and local food producers.

The Market is located in the Vaughn Drive Parking Lot of the southbound side of the Princeton Junction Train Station, one mile from the Alexander Road and Route 1 intersection and half mile walk from the Dinky stop in Princeton Junction.  Parking is always free.

For more information, call 609 933-4452 or emailwwcfm@yahoo.com.

JUNE 28:

           MUSIC: Blue Jersey Band

           COMMUNITY GROUPS:

            WWBPA (West Windsor Bike and Pedestrian Alliance)

            PRINCETON HEALTHCARE SYSTEM: Free Blood Pressure Screenings

           COOKING DEMO: Dorothy Mullen (Suppers Program)

           MASSAGE: The Touch That Heals

JULY 5:

           MUSIC: The Barncats

            COMMUNITY GROUPS:

            TWIN W RESCUE SQUAD Free Blood Pressure Screenings

           COOKING DEMO: Allie O’Brien (Garden State Community Kitchen)

JULY 12:

           MUSIC: A Little Bit Off

           COMMUNITY GROUPS:

            WWBPA Bicycle and Pedestrian Information

            YES, WE CAN FOOD DRIVE Fresh and canned food drive to benefit the crisis Ministry of Princeton and Trenton

            PRINCETON HEALTHCARE SYSTEM  Free Blood Pressure and Health       Screenings

           COOKING DEMO:  WWCFM Simple cooking techniques by board member       JoAnn Parla, as directed by a local wheelchair-bound resident

           MASSAGE: The Touch That Heals

JULY 19:

           MUSIC: Daniel Damon

           COMMUNITY GROUPS:

            FOWWOS Friends of West Windsor Open Space

            TWIN W RESCUE SQUAD Free Blood Pressure Screenings

            EASTERN SERVICE WORKERS

           COOKING DEMO:   Denise Marchisetto                

JULY 26:

           MUSIC: Blue Jersey Band

           COMMUNITY GROUPS:

            YES, WE CAN FOOD DRIVE Fresh and canned food drive to benefit the Crisis           Ministry of Princeton and Trenton

            WWBPA (West Windsor Bike and Pedestrian Alliance)

            PRINCETON HEALTHCARE SYSTEM: Free Blood Pressure Screenings

           COOKING DEMO: Dorothy Mullen (Suppers Program)

           MASSAGE: The Touch That Heals